Pair with English wine for the ultimate British Delicious appetizer.
Charcuterie has been a firmly on-trend amongst British foodies for quite some time now, and it’s not hard to see why. This delicious cured meat offers a wide range of flavours and textures, making it a perfect accompaniment to an aperitif. Yet it can also be used in a variety of cooked dishes. While most people associate charcuterie with France or Italy, there are plenty of amazing charcuterie companies in the UK as well. Here are the top 5 British charcuterie companies that you need to know about:
1. Tempus Foods
Set up by MasterChef finalists Tom Whitaker and Dhruv Baker (who won in 2010), this brilliant British charcuterie business specialises in making charcuterie from locally sourced, free-range meat. Tempus offers a wide range of products, including salami, coppa, and air-dried beef, all made with a focus on quality and taste.
Tempus No. 8 is particularly worth seeking out – it’s a ready-to-eat British take on Nduja or Sobrassada. It is delicious spread on toasted sourdough, or as an ingredient in one of the many recipes designed by chef Tom Whitaker. We loved his spiced cauliflower tacos, and matched them with Folc Rosé.
2. Cobble Lane Cured
Based in London, Cobble Lane Cured offers a wide range of artisanal charcuterie made from free-range, British-reared livestock. They use traditional curing methods and only the finest ingredients to create their award-winning products.
A great way to get into Cobble Lane is via their sliced ham selection – pair with the medium to full-bodied, rich and smoky Winbirri Signature Red.
3. The Real Cure
Based in Dorset, The Real Cure is known for its delicious smoked meats and charcuterie, several of which have been awarded two or three stars at the Taste awards. They use only the best ingredients, including locally sourced meat and herbs, to create their mouth-watering products.
Try The Real Cure’s charcuterie for yourself via one of their letterbox-friendly hampers – all made from wild British deer and free-range pork. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so you won’t have any worries about the box sitting inside your door for a few hours before you get home. Match with a ripe Crouch Valley Pinot Noir like Martin’s Lane.
4. Trealy Farm
This Welsh company has been making charcuterie for over a decade and has won numerous awards for their products. They use traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients to create their range of salamis, hams, and cured meats.
Trealy are particularly focused on the quality of their meat – sourcing from smaller farms with high welfare standards. All pork is free range, and beef is grass-fed for the vast majority of the year. Lamb is, of course, Welsh. Even the wild boar is from Worcestershire! Try juniper-cured wild venison carpaccio with a rich, textured Chardonnay, like the Roman Road from Simpsons Estate.
5. Moons Green
Moons Green describe themselves as the ‘British Charcuterie Pioneers’. With their 20 different varieites of saucissons, hand-made British versions of chorizo, coppa and prosciutto, and innovative, super-snackable Beer Sticks, we think that’s a pretty fair description!
Moons Green is based on Owley Farm in the heart of the Kentish Weald, so they’re perfectly placed to source some of the nation’s best quality, free-range meat, which you’ll be able to taste in every bite. Match their deliciously lean, rich and gamey Venison Sticks with a smoky Pinot Noir from Oastbrook Estate in East Sussex.
The UK has a thriving charcuterie scene with plenty of amazing companies to choose from. Whether you’re looking for traditional cured meats or something a little more unique, these 5 British charcuterie companies are definitely worth checking out.
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